Organizers Robert Markley (English), Stephen Taylor (Music) and Kevin Hamilton (Art and Design) announce a conference WRITING ANOTHER FUTURE, SCIENCE FICTION, the ARTS and HUMANITIES, September 25-27.
Science fiction cinema has often featured prominently as a source and subject in arts and humanities research, but science fiction writing – as a mode of research and a subject of study – is often overlooked. This conference explores the intersections of science fiction literature, the Humanities, Music and the Visual Arts as a worldwide phenomenon that has important implications for scholars, performers, teachers, and students across a range of disciplines and across the world.
The event, held over three days, will feature feature performances, lectures, and panels.
Kim Stanley Robinson, American science fiction writer best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy, will give the keynote presentation Science Fiction and the Fine Arts, Sept. 26, 4:00pm, Music Building Auditorium. This talk is free and open to the public.
The night before, Sept. 25, there will be an interpretation of a fictional concert from Mr. Robinson's latest work, the novel 2312. This concert takes place underneath Beethoven Crater on the planet Mercury, featuring a "mash up" of the finale of Beethoven's Hammerflavier Sonata with his Grosse Fugue, played simultaneously by the Jupiter Quartet and Professor William Kinderman. For more information for this ticketed concert see krannertcenter.com
For more information about conference activities see http://publish.illinois.edu/writinganotherfuture/
The Center for Advanced Study is a cosponsor of this conference.